The UIDAI has taken two successive governments in India and the entire world for a ride. It identifies nothing. It is not unique. The entire UID data has never been verified and audited. The UID cannot be used for governance, financial databases or anything. It’s use is the biggest threat to national security since independence. – Anupam Saraph 2018

When I opposed Aadhaar in 2010 , I was called a BJP stooge. In 2016 I am still opposing Aadhaar for the same reasons and I am told I am a Congress die hard. No one wants to see why I oppose Aadhaar as it is too difficult. Plus Aadhaar is FREE so why not get one ? Ram Krishnaswamy

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.-Mahatma Gandhi

In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.Mahatma Gandhi

“The invasion of privacy is of no consequence because privacy is not a fundamental right and has no meaning under Article 21. The right to privacy is not a guaranteed under the constitution, because privacy is not a fundamental right.” Article 21 of the Indian constitution refers to the right to life and liberty -Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi

“There is merit in the complaints. You are unwittingly allowing snooping, harassment and commercial exploitation. The information about an individual obtained by the UIDAI while issuing an Aadhaar card shall not be used for any other purpose, save as above, except as may be directed by a court for the purpose of criminal investigation.”-A three judge bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar said in an interim order.

Legal scholarUsha Ramanathandescribes UID as an inverse of sunshine laws like the Right to Information. While the RTI makes the state transparent to the citizen, the UID does the inverse: it makes the citizen transparent to the state, she says.

Good idea gone bad
I have written earlier that UID/Aadhaar was a poorly designed, unreliable and expensive solution to the really good idea of providing national identification for over a billion Indians. My petition contends that UID in its current form violates the right to privacy of a citizen, guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. This is because sensitive biometric and demographic information of citizens are with enrolment agencies, registrars and sub-registrars who have no legal liability for any misuse of this data. This petition has opened up the larger discussion on privacy rights for Indians. The current Article 21 interpretation by the Supreme Court was done decades ago, before the advent of internet and today’s technology and all the new privacy challenges that have arisen as a consequence.Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP Rajya Sabha

“What is Aadhaar? There is enormous confusion. That Aadhaar will identify people who are entitled for subsidy. No. Aadhaar doesn’t determine who is eligible and who isn’t,” Jairam Ramesh

But Aadhaar has been mythologised during the previous government by its creators into some technology super force that will transform governance in a miraculous manner. I even read an article recently that compared Aadhaar to some revolution and quoted a 1930s historian, Will Durant.Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Rajya Sabha MP

“I know you will say that it is not mandatory. But, it is compulsorily mandatorily voluntary,” Jairam Ramesh, Rajya Saba April 2017.

August 24, 2017: The nine-judge Constitution Bench rules that right to privacy is “intrinsic to life and liberty”and is inherently protected under the various fundamental freedoms enshrined under Part III of the Indian Constitution

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the World; indeed it's the only thing that ever has"

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” -Edward Snowden

In the Supreme Court, Meenakshi Arora, one of the senior counsel in the case, compared it to living under a general, perpetual, nation-wide criminal warrant.

Had never thought of it that way, but living in the Aadhaar universe is like living in a prison. All of us are treated like criminals with barely any rights or recourse and gatekeepers have absolute power on you and your life.

Announcing the launch of the#BreakAadhaarChainscampaign, culminating with events in multiple cities on 12th Jan. This is the last opportunity to make your voice heard before the Supreme Court hearings start on 17th Jan 2018. In collaboration with @no2uidand@rozi_roti.

UIDAI's security seems to be founded on four time tested pillars of security idiocy

1) Denial

2) Issue fiats and point finger

3) Shoot messenger

4) Bury head in sand.

God Save India

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

10133 - Opposition states like Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka fail to meet NREGA-Aadhaar linking target - Economic Times

By Aman Sharma, ET Bureau | 14 Jun, 2016, 04.44AM IST

Many big states, especially those ruled by the opposition, are set to miss Centre’s July-end deadline of seeding all their MGNREGA workers with Aadhaar.

NEW DELHI: Many big states, especially those ruled by the opposition like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Karnataka, are set to miss the Centre's July-end deadline of seeding all their MGNREGA workers with Aadhaar and ensure wages are paid to them through Aadhaar-based Payment Bridge. 

The consent of just 528 workers out of a balance 45 lakh workers in Karnataka could be taken so far in special camps that started on May 15 to ensure Aadhaar authenticated payment of wages and just 20 workers out of 15 lakh still awaiting an Aadhaar number enrolled for the same in the camps, the Centre has written to the Chief Secretary of Karnataka. 

Identical letters have gone from Rural Development Secretary J.S. Mathur to all states on June 10, impressing upon them the deadline for the twin targets and stressing it be accorded "top priority". But the progress so far shows most big states, including Gujarat with only 8% workers covered under Aadhaar authenticated wage system so far, will miss the deadline. 

ET was the first to report the Centre's big push to a 100% Aadhaar-based MGNREGA on May 17 through special camps by the states in the gram panchayats. States, however, do not seem to have warmed up to setting up these camps. 

UP, which has 1.04 Cr MGNREGA workers, has nearly half of them seeded with an Aadhaar - the state has overall 71% Aadhaar saturation - but only 5% of workers in the state have given consent to get their wages through Aadhaar authentication and only 1178 workers have turned up for the same in camps in UP so far. 

This figure is just 7% in West Bengal, which has maximum 1.34 Cr workers, and merely 1% in Bihar, the Centre has written to their respective state Chief Secretaries. Covering MGNREGA completely by an Aadhaar-authenticated payment system is a priority for the PMO as MGNREGA is the biggest subsidy payout at Rs 2500 Cr every month. 

PM Narendra Modi has been stressing on savings under Direct Benefits Transfer, includingRs3000CrunderMGNREGA in 2014-15 by weeding out duplicate beneficiaries. "Ensuring all MGNREGA payments through Aadhaar authentication could increase savings much more. But consent of the worker is required to do the same. The states need to do more," a PMO official said.